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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
May 6, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Research in Kinesiology

Recent Media, Article Features and Events

The department of Kinesiology & Physical Education Faculty have research facilities in the Science Research Building (SR), at the Northdale Campus (NC), and at the King Street Building (232 King).

Current Faculty Research labs include:

Science Research Building:

 Dr. Stephen Perry  SR119   Ext. 3298
 Dr. Diane Gregory  SR214/216  Ext. 4564

Northdale Campus (Hickory Street):

 Dr. Quincy Almeida  NC123  Ext.3924/2840 
 Dr. Pamela Bryden  NC104  Ext 3316
 Dr. Michael Cinelli  NC107   Ext.4775 
 Dr. Mark Eys  NC120  Ext.3691
 Dr. Dawn Guthrie  NC118  Ext.3935/3296/3219
 Dr. Tom Hazell  NC106  Ext.4919
 Dr. Jayne Kalmar  NC119  Ext.3334

King Street Campus (232 King Street):

 Dr. Kim Dawson  KB24  Ext.3798 
 Dr. Paula Fletcher  KB22   Ext.2519 
 Dr. Renee MacPhee  KB34  Ext.2002 
 Dr. J. RobertsonWilson  KB24  Ext.3562
 Dr. Margie Schneider  KB22  Ext.3794
 Dr. Jill Tracey  KB27  Ext.4191


Dr. Guthrie recently received funding from the Alzheimer Society of Canada for a two-year project to develop and test a new screening tool to identify caregivers who are beginning to show signs of caregiver burden.  She is also part of one of the 20 teams funded through the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration and Aging or CCNA (  The CCNA is a $32.9 million project funded primarily by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and includes 300+ researchers from across Canada.

Dr. Mike Cinelli:  "New Methods of Recovery for Concussions"  Cord Article  21OCT2015

Dr. Mike Cinelli and student Laura Fedy - "Laurier Research Team Making Concussions Safer"

Dr. Kim Dawson wrote an Article in the "A Rewarding Experience" published Vol.8, Issue 7, November/December 2015.

Dr. Kim Dawson quoted in recent Montreal Gazette article "Fitness:  Train your head to make it to the finish line."

Dr. Kim Dawson - CBC Team Next - Articles "5 Keys to strong mental preparation" and "6 signs you need more mental prep".

Dr. Stephen Wenn:  On the bookshelves in November ...."The work is the first book-length examination of the IOC's effort to recover the Olympic brand in the wake of the Salt Lake City bid scandal of the late 1990s.  The book will serve as mandatory reading for those studying the presidency of Juan Antonio Samaranch.  It is based on a wealth of primary and secondary sources including the archival holdings of Canada's Richard Pound, a former IOC Vice President.  The authors believe it will have appeal for those interested in the Olympics, as well as the broader themes of leadership and crisis management. 

Dr. Stephen Perry continues ticklet testing with Atlantis and Discovery space shuttle astronauts.  Read more here

Dr. Michael Cinelli asks: Are concussions on the rise or do we need to understand more about them?
If you watch, listen to, or read sports updates, you will likely be able to think of at least one professional athlete whose season was recently cut short by a concussion.  Are concussions more prevalent now or is the medical community better at detecting head injury and understanding the importance of proper management?  The verdict is not out.  Although the science of concussion is evolving, head injury management and return to play decisions are based on clinical judgment on an individualized basis.  To date, the gold standard for determining when an athlete is ready to return to play is the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT2).  However, the SCAT2 uses subjective measures and it lacks reliability.  Dr. Michael Cinelli (Assistant Professor, KPE) has assembled a team of researchers from within the KPE department (Drs. Pam Bryden, Jayne Kalmar, and Jill Tracey) along with Dr. Eric Roy from UW to design more objective measures to determine when an athlete is ready to return to play following a concussion.  The basis for these objective measures are grounded on the neural control of movement via balance assessments, neuropsychological assessment via cognitive demands testing (ImPACT), neurophysiology via excitability of the nervous system following a fatiguing protocol, and the psychological aspects of injury recovery.  The strength of this testing is that the medical staff at WLU will have baseline (from training camp) data from each athlete to serve as a comparison for that athlete following a concussion.  Although the research team cannot prevent the initial concussion, they may prevent further concussion and the devastating consequences of “second impact syndrome” by ensuring that athletes do not return to play prematurely.  Baseline testing for 150 WLU athletes will begin in August 2011.

Dr. Stephen Wenn: Laurier acquires significant collection of Olympic and sports history.  Students and faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University now have access to 40 years of Olympic and sports history in the form of personal documents, reports and correspondence belonging to former International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Avery Brundage.  Read more here

SSHRC Grant Recipients: Jennifer Robertson-Wilson (principle investigator) and Jill Tracey and Tim Elcombe (co-investigators) along with collaborators (Steve Manske and Steve Brown  from the University of Waterloo and Michelle Fortier from the University of Ottawa) were awarded a 1-year Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada 1A Standard Research Grant worth $59,333.00. This grant will be used to explore the implementation of Ontario's Daily Physical Activity policy for elementary school students by teachers and teacher candidates.

Dr. Bryden has received a renewal of her NSERC Discovery Grant for 5 years to continue her work on the “Origins of manual preference and performance abilities in children and adults”.  An overview of her research program is described: The preference to perform most unimanual tasks with one hand is an intriguing human characteristic. One notable aspect of hand preference is that certain tasks tend to elicit stronger preferences and greater selection of the preferred hand than other tasks. Likewise, the magnitude of the preferred-hand advantage depends heavily on the task examined. However, no consensus has been reached on the reason for the task dependence, and little research has been conducted to examine the developmental course of manual preference and performance abilities. Research conducted in my laboratory has attempted to better understand how the type of task influences manual preference and performance abilities in both children and adults. We have found that there are two main factors that strongly preference and performance abilities: the precision requirements of the task and the object characteristics, or affordance of the object. However, questions remain concerning how the type of task influences manual preference and performance abilities in both children and adults, how attentional resources are allocated during these tasks, and whether movement direction is an important moderating variable. Therefore, building on the previous work conducted in my laboratory, the purpose of the current research proposal is to examine a) the role of precision requirements; b) the role of tool use and object affordances; and c) the role of body-centred movement in hand preference and hand performance in left- and right-handed (LH & RH) children and adults; d) the allocation of attention in bimanual hand performance in LH and RH adults; e) language lateralization and the effects of movement direction on manual asymmetries in LH and RH adults; and f) how task features influence hand preference and performance abilities in special populations. As a great deal of controversy still surrounds the issue of the origins of hand preference and the preferred-hand advantage, and in particular the development of both, closer examination of the determinants of these behaviours will provide insight into the neural specialization of the two hemispheres. This work will ultimately contribute to a developmental theoretical model of handedness and manual performance abilities.

Drs. Jennifer Robertson-Wilson and Renee MacPhee have recently published an executive summary entitled "Enhance academic integrity at Wilfrid Laurier University"  click here for document

Dr. Tim Elcombe and Dr. Jill Tracey are recipients of a grant from the Research Program in Applied Sport Sciences through the Ministry of Health Promotion.  Dr. Elcombe and Dr. Tracey will be receiving $7600 for their study " A Qualitative Analysis of Elite Athletic Coach Competition Attitudes, Practices, and Structural Value Congruence in Training and Performance Settings". Highly successful elite amateur coaches within Ontario from a variety of sports will be interviewed regarding their coaching practices and how they prepare athletes to be successful. The focus of the study is to analyze the coaches a) attitudes about competitive preparation and performance, b) practices in competitive preparation and performance, and c) congruence with the Ministry of Health Promotion's perceived values of competitive amateur sport in training and performance settings.

KPE research published in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry ... read more here.

Dr. Stephen Perry is the recent recipient of a 1.5 million dollar CIHR grant ... read more here.

Dr. Stephen Perry & Dr. Paula Fletcher are seed grant recipients with co-applicant Dr. Kenneth Stark ... read more here.


Dr. Stephen Perry, Kinesiology and Physical Education Department, has co-invented a new shoe insole that improves balance and helps prevent seniors from falling.

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THE Sole Sensor™ sole_sensor.jpgWhere to BUY GUIDE and consumer weblink: 

  • The Medical News - SoleSensor Article
  • Global TV Interview - February 2010 -Click here
  • Read Article:   Exchange Magazine 
  • CIHR News Release:   CIHR  Solesensor Article
  • The Kitchener Record - Research File - Life - Shoe Insoles Keep Seniors on Their Feet
  • TV InterviewCKCO (CTV Kitchener) Friday, Feb 8th, 2008 at 6:40pm - Watch the video
  • Radio Interview:  CKPC FM 92.1
  • Scheduled Interviews:
    • The Weather Network, Reporter - Ania Potybrala, Interview took place on Wednesday, Feb 27th, 2008 - Segments will start airing on The Weather Network beginning March 1, 2008;  and
    • CBC Quebec, TV program entitled 'Decouverte', Reporter - Gilles Provost, Segment to filmed Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 at 9:00am.



Dr. Quincy Almeida, Kinesiology & Physical Education, media updates: